GLOBAL FC goes for the solo lead in the United Football League as it takes on a shorthanded Green Archers United side on Tuesday at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill, Taguig.
Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m., with the defending champions facing an Archers squad without Elle Cagayanan as well as team manager Monchu Garcia, who are both suspended for their involvement in the melee that broke out in the Archers game versus Kaya last week. Chieffy Caligdong was booked with a yellow card.
Kaya, which collides with Nomads at 7:30 p.m., was also hit with yellow cards to Eddie Mallari, Saba Sadeghi, Dario Dakic, and Okoro Ubiam, while coach Maor Rozen was ejected for entering the field.
Further sanctions to the involved people are still pending as the incident is still under review by the disciplinary committee, according to UFL media officer Rick Olivares.
Global owner Dan Palami is hoping for a smoother endgame from his squad, which has six points in two matches like Loyola Meralco and Stallion. The Stallions, though, have the lead on goal difference.
“We still need to fix a lot of things especially our finishing. That’s where our trouble was,” Palami said, referring to his team’s 2-1 win over Nomads last week. “The pitch was quite narrow also, making a team that has lots of guys in the box thwart a lot more attacks.”
While they welcome the return of Scottish coach Brian Reid, who was in United Kingdom last week for a previous commitment, the defending champions will miss the services of Ivorian left-back Delon Patrick Yao, who picked up his second yellow card last week.
Palami hinted that natural left-back Niño Ochoterena, who played at the wing and scored one of Global’s goals in the 2-0 win against PSG on opening night, could start in place of Yao.